- Mayuka Ueno
5 Recommended Locations on Ishigaki Island
Ishigaki Island is an island west of Okinawa. Here, we will introduce five selected locations where you can enjoy nature, cuisine, and other activities on Ishigaki Island.
1. Uganzaki Lighthouse (Scenery)
Uganzaki Lighthouse, a popular view point, stands in the north of the Uganzaki peninsula on the west side of Ishigaki Island. Although we cannot go inside the lighthouse, the view of rugged rock and bright blue sea from the precipitous cliff when you stand at the base of the lighthouse is thrilling. It is especially breathtaking while the sun is setting. There is an area of lawn by the lighthouse where you can spend a lazy, relaxing day until sunset, as the sight is stunning even during the day. The path to the lighthouse is up a gentle hill and is calming. However, the path to the tip of the cape can be a little rough, so we recommend wearing shoes that are easy to walk in.
2. Fusaki Beach (Activities)
Fusaki Beach is the best natural beach on Ishigaki Island where sea turtles come to lay eggs. It is a hotel-owned beach, but is open for both patrons and non-patrons. It is great to relax with hermit crabs on the beautiful white sand, or enjoy activities like snorkeling, dragon boating, kayaking, stand-up paddling, and many other fun options for both kids and adults. The exciting marine sports are even more impressive thanks to the transparent sea. When you're tired, you can take a break on the pure white sands. Due to its southwest location, Fusaki Beach offers an amazing view of the sunset. This is a place for those looking to experience dreamy days from morning to night, away from reality.
3. Nosoko Maapee (Activities, Scenery)
Thoughts of a holiday on Ishigaki Island might conjure a strong impression of the ocean, but one local recommendation is a mountain called Nosoko Maapee. Although it is small at a height of less than 300m, some say that the view from its summit is the finest on Ishigaki Island. It only takes about 20 min by the shortest route, but the track is not a mountain path, it is a jungle! A rope is used in some cases to climb through the thick vegetation. Clothing with full coverage is required even in summer, and comfortable shoes are essential. Also, extra caution is needed after rain or a storm as the tuff loam can become slippery. When you reach mountain top you can see a 360 degree panorama view with a mountain range to the north and coastline to the east and west. Time flies when you are captivated by this scene of magnificent green and endless blue. Please come and witness this with your own eyes.
4. Island Vegetable cafe Re:Hellow Beach (Cuisine)
Island Vegetable cafe Re:Hellow Beach, opened in 2010, is one of the most popular cafes on Ishigaki Island. The cafe has the atmosphere of a resort, and every seat on the terrace has an ocean view. As its name suggests, the cafe offers delicious meals with a variety of island vegetables. Frequently ordered items on the menu are Japanese-style loco moco (1,350 JPY), the classic dish of the cafe; healthy taco rice with island vegetables and Okinawan-style tofu (1,350 JPY); and vegetable curry using non-breaded fried ingredients (1,296 JPY), in which Ishigaki mango and pineapples are used as the secret ingredients. They also have an all-you-can-drink bar with pineapple sanpin tea, shequasar Okinawan lime and vegetable mixed juice, white wine, etc. This is a cafe where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of Ishigaki Island, and spend luxurious hours gazing at the beautiful blue sea.
5. BAR NOBU (Cuisine)
There is a highly-rated bar on Ishigaki Island where they offer cocktails with selected local ingredients from the larger group of the Yaeyama islands. BAR NOBU creates an urban atmosphere with its stylish interior and contrasts this by providing a taste of nature. The bar has a selection of classic cocktails arranged with local ingredients like the fresh pina colada (1,500 JPY), mojito (1,500 JPY), Okinawan gin and tonic (1,200 JPY), and many more. Cocktails made by a skilled master are of excellent quality, with a beautiful presence and flavor. This is a unique bar that makes a night on Ishigaki Island memorable.
We hope you enjoy the nature and the cuisine of Ishigaki Island, and have a delightful experience at these recommended locations.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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